Karl-Franszens-Universität Graz, or the University of Graz, is a destination within the European Liberal Arts Network (ELAN) for University College Utrecht students, located in Graz, Austria.

Acclaimed subjects

Since this is an ELAN-destination, the focus will be on Humanties and/or language courses. Philosophy courses will likely form the core of your courses. A regional focus on South-Eastern Europe is present in the majority of the courses.

Semesters available

We recommend going in Spring, since that semester aligns better with the UCU academic year. Do note that you will have to arrange for housing yourself between the UCU Fall semester and the start of the semester at Graz.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall (winter) Semester: Early October – end of January
Examination Period: until mid-February
Spring (summer) Semester: Early March – end of June
Examination Period: until mid-July

Language of instruction

This destination has a language of instruction other than English. This means that you need to have at least a language proficiency level of CEFR B2 German. You need to complete German Language and Culture II (UCHUMGER21) or get an exemption from the UCU Language & Culture coordinator, and it is your own responsibility to achieve at least B2 German. This language requirement is partly for your own protection, so you can take courses at the same level as you do at UCU, and partly because we believe it allows you to have an experience abroad that is more immersive, enriching and culturally valuable to you.

At the University of Graz, courses are predominantly taught in German, and a few are available in English.

Application deadlines

Fall semester: June 1
Summer semester: November 1

Course offerings

An overview of courses taught at Graz can be found here, with a guide here . Do note that you will be going there as part of a Liberal Arts network, so that your courses will predominantly be focused on Humanities subjects. Your academic advisor at Graz will guide you in your course choice. Lab courses and translation courses are not available for exchange students.

Credit system

The same as UCU, ECTS.

Grade system

The University of Graz works with the following grading system:

1 Sehr Gut A
2 Gut A-/B+
3 Befriedigend B
4 Genügend C
5 Nicht Genügend F



Exchange students can apply for housing either via the housing office of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) or at the different dorms directly. For deadlines of housing applications at the individual dorms, please check the respective websites.

Further information:


For costs about housing, see above. The university has student restaurants or “Mensae” around campus, and the town has a number of cafés and restaurants with prices comparable to those in Utrecht.


Welcome Events are mandatory and include sessions about orientation / registration / course system. These will be held around the first week of the semester. More information.

Student experiences

The University of Graz is a new destination, and therefore we have not received feedback from our students yet. Be the first UCU student to explore Graz!

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.